Thorne Dreyer's guest is Pete Gershon, author of Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985, the raucous, delightful, no-holds-barred story of how contemporary art came to Houston. (Clue: It was a collision!) In this expansive and vigorous survey of the Houston art scene, Gershon describes the city's emergence as a locus for the arts.
Cheech Marin says that "...Pete Gershon puts you in the middle of this wild, dynamic scene..." And, according to Bill Arning, director of Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum, "Gershon is not afraid of big personalities and their grand mythologies. In tackling the history of art, artists, and nascent institutions in Houston, Gershon has found clear narrative lines in the cast of thousands that built the culture here.... Collision also functions as a case study and how-to guide for building sustainable cultures outside the glare of New York."
Pete Gershon is the program coordinator for the Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art at the Musuem of Fine Arts, Houston. He is also the author of Painting the Town Orange: Houston's Visionary Art Environments. Pete Gershon lives in Houston.
Photo above: Pete Gershon on Rag Radio at the KOOP studios June 7, 2019. Photo by Roger Baker / Rag Radio.
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